Originally created 07/19/00

Events will celebrate disability protection



The 10th anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act is being observed today through July 26 in the Augusta area.

The act was passed in 1990 to prohibit discrimination in employment, public transportation and other areas.

The following activities are planned:

A proclamation presentation and ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the pediatric board room of Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Way.

A dinner-dance at Bon Air Apartments, 2101 Walton Way, from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday.

A torch run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. The run will begin at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, 950 15th St. The group will travel east on Walton Way, turn left onto 13th Street, right onto Broad Street, right onto Seventh Street and left onto Greene Street, where the run will end at the Federal Courthouse.

A banquet from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 26 at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road. Keynote speaker John Crews of the Independent Living Department of Georgia State University will discuss the effect of the ADA on society. The cost is $15 per person, $10 for the disabled and seniors, and $125 for a table for 10.

For more information, call disability advocate Judy Winters at 855-9953.